First Minister joins Denbigh in celebrating 450th anniversary

The First Minister was delighted to accept a copy of a 450-year-old legal document which historians believe helped protect the Welsh Language.

The law was guided through Parliament by the Denbigh MP, Humphrey Llwyd, in 1563. The law required Welsh churches to hold Welsh translations of the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible, which was eventually published in 1588 by Bishop Morgan – which is now on display at St Asaph Cathedral. Before the Act was passed, the Bible in Wales was taught first in Latin and later in English which many Welsh people could not understand.

The document was discovered hidden away in the House of Commons archives following a request from Vale of Clwyd MP, Chris Ruane.

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones who joined the First Minister in celebrating the 450th anniversary with representatives of Denbigh Town Council, including the clerk – Mr Medwyn Roberts said:

“I was delighted to see the First Minister receive a copy of the Act. The translation was important in ensuring the survival of the Welsh language.

“The Assembly is now the home of Welsh democracy and it absolutely right that we celebrate this important anniversary for the Welsh language in Cardiff Bay.

Copies of the Act have also been presented to Denbighshire County Council, Denbigh Town Council and St Asaph Cathedral.